Monday, July 02, 2007

Arsenal sign some Croatian guy to replace Henry (video)

Excuse me for never hearing about him, but Arsenal have just signed a player named Eduardo da Silva from Dinamo Zagreb. Indications are he’s a decent player and now I do recall he gave England fits when they played Croatia in a friendly a while back but beyond that I am left wondering just how exactly a Croatian ended up with the name da Silva.

To start, he finished the Croatian season with 34 goals in 32 appearances, an impressive tally in any league. He’s signed a four year contract for the Gunners and the fee is rumored to be in the 5m pound range. In total he scored 73 goals in 100 games before leaving the club.

The new Arsenal signing was born in Rio de Janeiro, so to answer the name mystery, that’s it: he’s born Brazilian but has a Croatian nationality. Da Silva moved to Croatia in 1998 at age 15 where he joined Dinamo. He was loaned out for a pair of seasons back to Brazil. After returning to Croatia, he made a slow climb into the squad until the 2004 season where he became a regular and was named the Croatian league’s player of the year. He also won the honor in 2006.

It looks like maybe Arsene Wenger has pulled another player out of his hat. Nobody saw this one coming; personally, I thought Arsenal would sign Obafemi Martins. I must admit, it does look a bit odd to replace a player of Theirry Henry’s stature with a player we’ve never heard of, but sometimes the lack of expectations will lower the pressure on a new player at a new club. With low expectations, we could all be surprised. Still, like many of you, I was expecting a big name.

So what did you sign? Looks like a goal poacher to me. There seems to be a hint of a natural eye for goal and he appears rather fearless. It looks like a response to Arsenal’s lack of ability to finish last season. Here is a video of your new player:



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Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a load, we sign some nobody player to replace TH? I dont believe this. This means we dont have the money to spend on a striker with a the right attributes. This guy belongs at Charlton, not us.

7/02/2007 1:29 PM  
Anonymous Tipsey said...

I can't understand why we must sign big names to get there! Tell me one big name that had 34 goals in 32 games, not minding the league! I'd suggest we relaxed and hope this guy delivers and settles immediately into the league. I'd love Martins too but then let's face reality. We're winners next season and onwards

7/02/2007 1:31 PM  
Anonymous jammathon said...

It's a well researched transfer, this much is certain. What is the point of all these rumours, if this is the result, though: http://thirdgen.wordpress.com/features/pointofrumours/

You just have to love Wenger.

7/02/2007 1:33 PM  
Anonymous RobM said...

"it does look a bit odd to replace a player of Theirry Henry’s stature with a player we’ve never heard of"

A player that we've never heard of? You mean like Henry himself when he signed up?

Or like Vieira, Petit, Edu, Lauren or Gael Clichy when they came?

7/02/2007 1:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nobody saw this coming indeed!
I've been banging on for weeks that this guy should come in and strengthen the squad. Even before Henry left. With 73 goals in 100 games, including one against us in the first competitive game at the Emirates means he has the potential to be brilliant. I'm really really pleased that we've signed this guy, Henry may not be forgotten but I think this guy will excell at Arsenal. Him and Van persie up front. Our young kick ass strike force. tbh though we need another striker. But at least we've got Bendtner & Adebayor as backup. But we have lost Henry, Aliadiere Lupoli & baptista. In fairness Bendtner replaces one and Lupoli barely got a look in. And Baptista was shit but I still think we need 1 more striker. So so far its Fabianksi, some danish defender and Da Silva. Next its Sagna to strengthen our defence and we still need a winger. But we're well on our way to a shit hot team!

7/02/2007 1:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like another Van the man to me, Nisteroy i mean, could be an excellent buy! What you guys need, him and van persie up front, id be scared!

7/02/2007 1:40 PM  
Anonymous Tipsey said...

Nice one! He'll be great in Arsenal... u guys don't write off Walcott still! We've got the team that'll make the Gunners shine brightest next season! Wenger and fans... Sit back and enjoy!

7/02/2007 1:44 PM  
Blogger Football Commentator said...

"Or like Vieira, Petit, Edu, Lauren or Gael Clichy when they came? "

I'd heard of all of those players except for Clichy

A player without a name is not necessarily a bad thing, its just a risk

7/02/2007 1:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am from Croatia. Da Silva is good player with natural feeling for goal. 5M seems OK price.
Btw. his goal against England was not in friendly game, it was Euro qualification game.

7/02/2007 1:53 PM  
Blogger Richard said...

1. Likes scoring goals - will not prize an assist as much as one in the back of the net.
2. Makes runs and invites the through-ball - not passing round the edge of the penalty area hoping something will happen.
3. Poacher - happy to take the ugly ones as well as the spectacular or technically brilliant.
4. Seems to be looking for it - note a good few rebounds, and simply being in the right place.
5. Scores with his loaf - and he isn't even a centre half!

REALLY looking forward to seeing him at Arsenal... let's hope he isn't another Franny Jeffers!

7/02/2007 1:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wenger always signs people with little rumour of them beforehand. This guy is a goal paocher and a good one no doubt, plus Wenger likes to sign players he can develop, not the finished article which is why probably no chance of Eto'o coming. Need more goals from midfield though, as Hleb lacks Pires scoring touch and the goals have dried up for freddie and Rosicky hasn't scored as many as he was supposed to. I think up front is pretty ok, with this guy, Van P, Adebayor(kanu), Bendner and Theo, but could do with a non-african player as it will be bye bye kolo and eboue come the African Nations!

7/02/2007 1:55 PM  
Blogger White said...

hahahahahahahaha..... hes the goon rebrov!

while we buy strikers like bent for fun.... you replace Henry with sorry who? a brazilian croat :|


now seriously are you reallllly looking to be a premiership force next season? really?


7/02/2007 2:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im Dinamo Zagreb fan and Eduardo is a great player.
All the goals he scored this season and he scored many, he scored for the box so he is a similar player to Ruud.
Just so you know the rumor in Croatia is that Arsenal bought him for 24 mil. euro.
With little luck he could be you new Henry

7/02/2007 2:09 PM  
Blogger White said...

€24million are you sure? SHIT and people are slewing us because we paid 16.5 for the premierships highest scoring englishman :|

anyway moving on.....

7/02/2007 2:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He doesn't play like an horthodox striker; he plays like an attacking and support striker, position from which he scores a lot of goals. He enjoys free rule and his assists record looks very good for us. So he is not just a goal scorer, but he can actually help others score goals.
I prefer this type of signing than the galaticos approach.

7/02/2007 2:17 PM  
Blogger White said...

u prefer the "i dont know who or what the fuck this guy is but ill pretend hes brilliant because my club is skint" kind of player?

come on now really... the goons expect to be up there in the echleons of the premiership while only signing players from the 3rd world?

its ridiculous.

arsenal are dying... long live the spurs.

hope you enjoy playing leeds in a few years.... will bring back memories of when you were both good teams.


7/02/2007 2:21 PM  
Anonymous BURNSY said...

Check out the yidwanker.
You can sign whoever you want from a first division team.
You have never and will never finish above the arsenal, thats a fact.
You have a shithole ground, which is by a dump with shit supporters (carling cup both games).
Remember the Carling cup????? Full strength Spurs against 17/18 year olds
And they did!!
Da Silva has played in the Champs League and scored there and Internationally against that fat c*nt of yours in goal.
Bent ever done that.....i think not you fool.
ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

7/02/2007 2:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

he could be a great signing i know its only the Croatian league no disrespect they beat England after all,but its a very young league but he seems a natural finisher exactly what we need.I think we just landed a Van Nistolroy on the cheap.

7/02/2007 2:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Henry out Silva in.....mmmmmm that sounds mouhwatering.

Lets all get excited....sad gooners, or should I say gonners

7/02/2007 2:39 PM  
Anonymous TitanNic said...

Couldn't have seen it coming from any angle.... Anyhow, it seems like anti-climax with all the big-names such as Tevez, Martins, Anelka linked to us. But i do have complete trust in Arsene - can't see him going anywhere wrong with his transfers. I do hope for a big-name one before the start though :)

7/02/2007 2:41 PM  
Blogger White said...

da silva plays for a 3rd rate team! jezzzus a lot of 3rd rate teams from europe do!

You have never and will never finish above the arsenal, thats a fact. - FACT? ok back this up with evidence as fact means there is evidence to prove..?

bent 1st division is that a fact?? hmmm Charlton were premiership team the last time bent played for them......

da silva aint shit is he really? you see this is what gooners do they wont accept that they have nothing.

we will finish above you... can you not see this? its not just us saying it.. its the rest of the premiership.

your managers gonna jump ship next year and then we have elland road 2.... the sequel for our mates in cashburton.

we are in the process of bulding a new stadia which will be superior to the new library.

so come on keep goading because come august you'll be playing uefa cup football.

have a nice day.

7/02/2007 2:41 PM  
Anonymous TitanNic said...

Da Silva's a leftie for god-sake.... How's Arsene gonna play him with RvP, only he knows!

7/02/2007 2:46 PM  
Anonymous BURNSY said...

Could you name me the last time you finished above asenal. The last time you won the league, the last time you played in the CL, the last time you won a cup of any sort???? Oh yes, the worthless cup against Leicester wasnt it? When Sol was ur captain?? ha ha
Smart man Sol, come to the gunners and win the double in your first season. Stay at spurs, win fuck all and look like a cunt! ha ha
Look at the ratio in interatonal games. Impressive. Ratio on Bents international games? Has played for his country once i think. And he's worth £16.5m. Well thats about how clever you lot are. Makes me laugh, really does.
Even in the world cup sven would rather take theo than bent. that says something about his trustability. I could go on all day!!
You are shit, always have been always will be. We have the same shit from you at the start of every season, and you are always shit at the end of every season.
ha ha ha ha ha ha
The children beat the yids!!!

7/02/2007 3:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The 'kids' excuse is run real dry. Sven taking Theo was as clueless a decision as the peodo buying him. The kid's crap and you know it. The truth is the whole team has fallen apart, you can't hold on to any decent player.
And all this about Eto coming to you lot is a joke...I can really see Eto chomping at the bit wanting to play with Fabregas..!!!
You won't even finish in the top 4 because you aint a top 4 club, you are ther now with the likes of Bolton Spurs and the like...

7/02/2007 3:20 PM  
Blogger White said...

go on continue.... seriously you cant even spell international LMFAO dumb dumb cock and you have the gall to question my intelligence?

talk about wasting money.... how much did jeffers cost you? sorry repeat that?

also walcott... how many premiership goals/games did he play before signing for 11 million? in fact how many games has he played since?


we arent talking about history coz shit if we were then we'd have a lot more previously successful teams then a lot on here.

as once was said to us i shall repeat to you... dont live in the past for there is no point, live for next season. i promise you that you won't be forth... whether spurs are or not Arsenal have no chance.

im still waiting for the factual evidence that you will finish above us again?

7/02/2007 3:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thats easy white, you dumbass f*ck. We have every year since 92. The evidence is in the record. As to next season - prove we wont. F*ckhead.

Henry was unknown when he came. So is Da Silva. So what?

Arsene knows.

Jol? ahahahahahahaha

7/02/2007 3:28 PM  
Anonymous Dboy said...

haha the yid is makin me laugh, there was talk of us signing bent a while back and at the time i could only hope that it was a rumour, thank god it was. Even better, not only has he not signed for us but for the yids and at a snippit price of 16.5 million haha. Best story of the summer so far hahah. Also the talk of us goin down hill and Sp*rs finishing above us, well i do believe evry player (Except paptista, and Jeremie) that helped brush them aside(with ease ) are still here so, think you should have spent that 16.5 million a bit wiser. im still laughin though and im glad you have.

7/02/2007 3:29 PM  
Anonymous Matt said...

Actually - Walcott cost an initial £5M - the rest of the fee is based on appearances and success.

So please get your facts straight Spurs fans..

And we will see who is finished come the end of the season...

Same every year - you come on to Arsenal blogs and make comment on our team instead of worrying about your own..


7/02/2007 3:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lets dissect the genius that is white:

"we arent talking about history coz shit if we were then we'd have a lot more previously successful teams then a lot on here."

um, more successful than stockport, maybe. Not more successful than Arsenal. Hear that, lily boy? At no time, in any era, over a sustained period, have Spurs been more successful than Arsenal.

"as once was said to us i shall repeat to you... dont live in the past for there is no point"

hold on, werent you just making a point about spuds being sucessful in the past? ( but less successful than Arsenal, at any time.)

"live for next season. i promise you that you won't be forth... whether spurs are or not Arsenal have no chance."

Prove it. And where exactly do you predict spurs to finish? Do you think you'll take fourth, or not? If not, are you looking for third, or accepting fifth? How about lower? I predict sixth for Spurs this year, myself.

I am living for next season, TYVM.... looking forward to pour reserves knocking you out of the cups, and finishing above you in the laegue AGAIN.

7/02/2007 3:36 PM  
Blogger White said...

henry was hardly unknown.... more so he just wasnt as good.

factual evidence based upon history? hmmm so basically what your saying is that you'll finish above chelsea aswell because "previous seasons" you have done....


just because you did it in the past means nothing now, thats the thing its like saying because england won the world cup in 1966 they can win it again... ITS A DIFFERENT TEAM YOU COCK! you havent played this spurs team and we havent played the afrifrench array of arsenal as it stands.

you are trying to base next season upon the history of seasons gone by... fuck me if it were that simple thered be no point.

still waiting for the factual evidence? No? i thought not.

its as simple as this, find one supporter (not a goon) who agrees with you and ill shake your shit caked hand.

i never said we would factually finish above you but based on depth of our team in comparison to yours we will. its pretty well documented on every website not run by a goon.

arsene knows? first statement i agree with.... he knows that its a sinking ship hence the non signing of a contract...... he knows that arsenal have run out of ammunition

7/02/2007 3:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

message to white the yid...
ask your grandaddy what is was like to win the league????
also ask him about 1971 at the lane and you should remember 2004 ...us gooners pissing it up at the lane in front of your spud fans!!!
focks sake you celebrate an equaliser against us with wild celebrations!!
what would you do if you actually one day beat us??
a volvo bus parade down tottenham high road and hand out free bagels to everyone??
61 and never again 61 and never again 61 and never again 61 and never again 61 and never again 61 and never again 61 and never again 61 and never again 61 and never again 61 and never again 61 and never again 61 and never again 61 and never again 61 and never again 61 and never again 61 and never again 61 and never again 61 and never again 61 and never again 61 and never again 61 and never again 61 and never again 61 and never again 61 and never again

7/02/2007 3:44 PM  
Anonymous limpar said...

my croatian not's great but it says there he got 10 assists as well as 34 goals. good record, but strikers are confidence players, and when english defenders get a hold of him, as is the english way, who knows how he'll react to begin with.

we may have to watch him squander a million chances before he scores. sounds a bit like someone else who's just left.

7/02/2007 3:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

white you yid spud fool..
seeing as your a thicko i'l explain something to you?
last year without t henry we still beat you in the league and cups!
in the cups your STRONGEST team choked it like the previous year then in 4th place for 6 months only to choke choke choke on last day!
against chelsea 3 -1 up and chance to make 4-1 and you fuck that up...end result OUT..
2-0 up and you FUCK THAT UP !!! your strongest available team and you get embarassed then too1!!
another thing you thicko spud ..if you look at your squad you have more french/afri as you call them players than us!!
apart from your crap over rated english players(defoe goona fuck you like campball did soon)you have more foriegn players than us..
but you only read newspapers and your thicko spud fans for infomation so how are you supposed to know that!!! now take this and pass along to your fans!!
61 and never again 61 and never again 61 and never again 61 and never again 61 and never again 61 and never again 61 and never again 61 and never again
remember ..................

7/02/2007 3:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

white, you're just like all the rest. standard 'we'll be better than you next year' comments.

don't forget we embarassed you with a bunch of kids in the carling cup - as we did everton (your rivals for 5th) and chelsea in the final.

you may have signed bale and bent, but you still have jenas and malbranque in your first team. you're in a different league to us still.

7/02/2007 3:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

chumponda rocha dervette ekooto
malbranque taino zakora ghaly
berbatov mido

subs keane ,bale, lee stalterri, taraabt,
not many french african players there spud fool!!

61 and never again 61 and never again 61 and never again 61 and never again 61 and never again 61 and never again 61 and never again 61 and never again

7/02/2007 3:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Da Silva cost £16m, say Dinamo
Eduardo da Silva's transfer to Arsenal has been thrown into confusion after Dinamo Zagreb claimed they received £16.25million for the striker

The story gets better...!!! The gooners have just sold Henry for 16.1m and bough a craot for 16.5m....well done Mr Paedo, another good deal...


7/02/2007 4:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is White speaking..

now fuck all you goons..
i'm just jealous that my beloved spurs have not beaten you in over 9 years.
JEALOUS that the only trophy ive seen being won was won by your ex manager G Graham
i was still shitting in my nappys when gazza won the fa cup in 91..
so THERE !
Im off to watch gazzas freekick to get all my sexual tension out!!


7/02/2007 4:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The great Arsenal is now officially second rate.

7/02/2007 4:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hleb,Baptista,Rosicky and now this Da silva guy............lord we are in trouble.

7/02/2007 4:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

he looks a good header of the ball, with van persies trickery and da silva up front i think it will be a good season

7/02/2007 8:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

them so called kids of yours were all fucking internationals!! You fuc*ing wa*kers. and the only senior player not to play over the two legs was Henry!!!! so get the facts right here, you lot are fucked and you know it!!!!
Yid Army!!!!!

7/02/2007 10:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how can you judge a player without ever seeing him play. ive seen him play twice, he scored both times. against england and arsenal. 16mil is crock, was about 8mil. i look forward to seeing the lad play and hopefully sticking a few away. and dont bash on about being henry's replacement, hes just arsenal's next striker. bendtner, vela and walcott all have a claim to be the next henry.

and we've always got adebayor to wheel out against spurs. he loves to score against the yids. no henry and you couldnt beat us in four.

7/02/2007 11:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Going by past experiences if there were an option to buy stocks in players i would buy loads of shares in Da Silva.....Mr. Wenger is the Investment Guru of the football world.....his skills at finding raw stones and polishing em to expensive jems is renowned..who heard of Henry,Viera,Fabregas,Gilberto,Pires before they became Gunners!!! Well done Mr. Wenger in this age of commercial greed where clubs try to build Galacticos to buy instant success its good to see managers building their own stars.....

7/03/2007 1:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


U really are a cock!!!!

7/03/2007 11:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stand Up if you hate TOTTENHAM!!!! White Trash!

Com'on you WENGERBOYS!!!!

7/03/2007 3:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eboue, Kolo, Gallas, Clichy
Walcott, Cesc, Denilson, Rosicky
Dudu, Van Persie

What a team!

Dunno where Sagna is going to fit in? And our new keeper looks QUALITY...

Club falling apart, are you having a laugh!

7/03/2007 3:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

8 Million Pound Bargin!

Next on the list:

Micah Richards
Micheal Owen or Obefemi Martins?
Robinho??? (Reyes + Cash)

7/03/2007 3:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's close season and as usual all the lasagne boys are bigging it up about what they are going to do and praying for a collapse at the Emirates. Trouble is that it never happens in the real world, unlike your dreams. You played us last season without Henry featuring and couldn't win once. Your aptly named new player Bent is a real snip at £16m - for Charlton that is.

7/03/2007 11:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

geez i wish that evil son of a bitch drogba would shutup bout arsenal not being able to compete for the title!!well gilberto put him in his place(hes a proper captain not like a certain TH14 who would probably agree with drogba in the first place)but we cant expect this da silva guy to solve all our problems and become top scorer straight away,its his first time in this league he needs to settle in.hes defo a goal grabber not like bent berbatov keane and them scum. ARSENAL ALL THE WAY.

7/07/2007 11:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heres a song to sing about eduardo at teh grove.....
(to the tune of proclaimers 500 miles)
and i would walk 500 miles
and i would walk 500 more
just to be the man who walks a 1000 miles to see eduardo score!

actually any song fits his nickname
"dudu" which is rather amusing.

7/07/2007 11:39 PM  
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